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    33 Cheap Beauty Products That Are Basically The Perfect Little Pick-Me-Up

    Tired: *applies whatever maybe-expired product you have in the cabinet* Wired: *applies the products in this list*

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo sweeps away all of that heavy, scalp-clogging buildup you've accumulated since your last wash (from styling products or otherwise) and boosts volume β€” all without irritating your scalp or stripping your hair of its natural oils, win!, Amazon

    Just be sure to follow up with a hydrating conditioner or mask!

    Promising review: "Great product! This shampoo removed months/years of product build-up in my hair that I didn't even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed less styling products to achieve the same results. But be careful not to use this too often as it can dry out your hair. I have long, dark, fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes." β€”Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28+ (available in two sizes).

    2. Vogue Effects Eyeliner Stamp shaves off precious minutes spent trying to draw perfect cat eyes and also comes with a liner on the other side, because we're all about hacks that make sleepy mornings a little more bearable.


    Check out how a BuzzFeed editor uses a v similar one to create the ~perfect~ cat eye!

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out...but to my surprise I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I can now do a cat eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning." β€”LadyMeow

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three sizes).

    Check out our full rundown of this wing stamp liner for more deets, and see what won best liquid eyeliners at BuzzFeed Reviews.

    3. Milani Cosmetics Stay Put Eyeliners add a pop of ~electric~ color to your peepers, if you're so over wearing black all the time. Repeat after me: makeup is fun!! Plus, this is waterproof, sweat-resistant, and comes with a sharpener *and* smudger built in.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed, Milani Cosmetics

    I wear the shade, Picante (peep the left photo!), literally almost every time I wear any sort of eye makeup! It's that particular shade because it compliments my pink hair *so well,* but *all* of the eyeliners are amazing and so pigmented! It applies so smoothly and precisely, so my wings are always fire β€” but you can also use the smudger to, well, smudge out the color and get a smokier look. Loooove!

    Promising review: "Does exactly what it says: super creamy, easy to apply, no tugging, blend-able but doesn't smudge once it dries, and doesn't run when used on the lower lash line! Picante is the perfect summer/fall color; it's a maroon red that adds drama without being too much. Makes my gray eyes really pop. I think it would also look great on brown eyes and medium/deep skin tones." β€”Lara

    Get them from Milani Cosmetics for $8.99 each (available in eight shades).

    4. A cruelty-free, safe-for-sensitive-lids Essence Cosmetics False Lash Effect Mascara majorly boosts your lashes with unbelievable volume β€” so much that *everyone* will be asking what mascara you're wearing β€” for just a few bucks. Life is generally hard, but getting fabulous lashes isn't thanks to this bb!, @essence_cosmetics / Via

    Promising review: "This is my go-to mascara and if they discontinue it, I will die. It’s a smidge thick, so you do have to be careful and comb through, but I absolutely love it." β€”Tall Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    5. If you want to maximize your mascara *or* forgo the mascara but still squeeze in a little ~lift~, the Tweezerman Great Grip Eyelash Curler perks up your natural lashes and gives your peepers an overall boost in exchange for minimal time and effort. Oh, and the cushy pads? No pinching whatsoever.


    It also comes with three cushy replacement pads, so this curler will last you through the apocalypse.

    Promising review: "This one really make my lashes lift, and stay lifted! All the springs wear out on my Sephora curlers, so Tweezerman is my go-to every time." β€”Jacob

    Get it from Amazon for $9.75.

    6. My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is a physical exfoliatior that flippin' works β€” the gel instantly forms into little balls of cellulose that slough off way more dead skin cells and surface debris than you thought possible for a smoother, brighter (hello, vitamins C and E!) complexion.

    Amazon, Soko Glam

    And despite its intense claims, it's totally gentle enough for sensitive skin and it's packed with calming ingredients like honey, black willow, and aloe.

    Promising review: "My skin is visibly smoother and brighter, and I feel like the rest of the products I use are working better because there’s less dead skin cells to get passed. I have been doing the 10-step routine for six months with wonderful results, but I felt like I had hit a plateau. Now with this exfoliating gel added to my arsenal, I have hit a new level of skin happiness." β€”Piano L.

    Get a 4.2 oz bottle from Amazon for $11.60 or an exclusive two-piece set (one 4.2 oz and 2.1 oz bottle each) from Soko Glam for $28.

    7. Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Toner gives dry skin a swift demise with its scientifically backed formula of organic humectants, lipids, amino acids, sugars, minerals, and peptides β€” which is fancy talk for a WHOLE layer of moisture that locks in and helps your skin keep itself hydrated and looking glowy (the dream).

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    If the ingredients listed above don't seem soothing enough, this toner also contains honey, rose water, and tiger grass for extra reassurance for sensitive skin types. Let your skin be pampered. I've personally been dousing my skin in this to allievate some of that winter harshness β€” and it's working!

    Promising review: "This toner is amazing. I have very dry skin, and this is one of the only toners that don't leave my skin irritated or dry." β€”Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    P.S. The N.M.F line also comes with a cleansing foam, hydrating serum, and hydrating cream!

    8. Mighty Patches answer your pimple anxieties with their special hydrocolloid material that draws out all of the gross (but oddly satisfying) pus and other impurities inside whitehead-showing pimples β€” stick 'em on those suckers and watch them deflate before your very eyes!, @herocosmetics / Via

    See that reviewer photo up there?

    Promising review: "Now that I have to deal with 'adult acne,' it's sent me scurrying in every direction, from drugstore to dermatologist, to try and clear it. Unlike my teenage years, the problems I deal with now are not straightforward zits. My pores get clogged, but they're stubborn buggers and don't like to be extracted. The Mighty Patch has been great because it actually succeeds in bringing all that grossness to the surface. From there, it's easy just to extract and blast off. I'm also guilty of that cardinal sin in zit care β€” constantly poking at the blemish and this keeps me from myself. I've already gone through one sheet!" β€”Karen Lee

    Get a 36-pack of regular patches from Amazon for $12.51 or a 39-pack of the Invisible+ patches for $17.99.

    9. Chapstick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub ensures that your pout stays healthy, hydrated, and free of cracks with nourishing oils and butters, as well as sugar crystals for oh-so-gentle exfoliation. It's the perfect lipstick primer, which leads us to...


    Promising review: β€œI LOVE THIS STUFF. It provides total hydration and really does give my lips a smoother, fuller appearance. I will be back for more and also plan on using some of these as stocking stuffers.” β€”L.A. Bella Peace

    Get it from Amazon for $4.20+ (available in three varieties).

    10. ...L'Oreal Rouge Signature Matte Color Ink. It's one of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks I've *personally* ever tried, because it feels crazy lightweight (like a tint or stain!), doesn't feel drying, and its pointed applicator makes it easy to get super precise with your lines.

    @lorealmakeup / Via, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Most amazing lip ink I have ever used. The colors are just stunning. It stays on ALL DAY, and the applicator is crazy wonderful!! I love it so much that I bought three colors. The rose color is for everyday looks and the deep ruby red is special occasions. Just fantastic." β€”Karen's Stuff

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in 37 shades).

    11. Bliss Rose Gold Rescue Soothing Toner refreshes your face with the hydration it craves. Hello, it's winter! Dryness central everywhere you turn! You definitely need a gentle, fine stream of rose flower water, colloidal gold, and chamomile extract to wake you up, trust.

    @bliss / Via

    P.S. It's cruelty-free, PETA-certified, and paraben-free to boot!

    Promising review: "Best toner ever for sensitive skin that's prone to redness. It has a light aroma that is a total pick-up throughout the day." β€”Bryan

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    12. All you need is a few dabs of Maybelline Cheek Heat, an oil-free gel-cream blush, for the perfect amount of flush that'll make you look 10x more awake, alive, and tip-top-cheerio., Amazon

    I bet this would be a great dupe for Glossier Cloud Paint! Also, another reviewer said, "Minnesota winters leave me feeling pretty drab, so this goodness definitely perks me up," and I just had to let you know! 😍

    Promising review: "This is a great product. It is sheer, but packs a punch color-wise, and blends out well. I use my fingers or a brush. It looks great on the skin, and sticks around for 8+ hours. No shimmer, but gives a nice luminosity to the skin. I’m looking forward to getting more colors." β€”Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in six shades).

    13. John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème keeps frizz, static, and flyaways (oh my!) under control and gives locks a lightweight, glossy coat for a healthy shine you can't fake — and it even helps prevent beanie hair, which cold weather peeps probably all have at this point.

    @johnfreidaus / Via

    Promising review: "I have curly hair, so when I straighten it all of the little frizzies around my scalp and face come out. The tiniest little drop of this helps smooth my frizzies out and keep my hair in place. I've been using this product for years and I plan to continue in the future." β€”Christina C.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.38.

    14. Mchoix Finish Hair Cream is a mascara-like product that'll put annoying flyaways, baby hairs, and broken hair in their rightful places, aka *not* sticking straight up, *not* opting out of your ponytails/buns, and *not* overall looking ~wild~. It's magic with a side of natural plant extracts!

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    That's my hair right there! As you can see, it really picks up all of the annoyingly too-short hairs near the nape of my neck that I can't gather into a high ponytail or bun. (Don't mind the remaining front-framing wispies in the "after" photo β€” those are there on purpose!) There is one main caveat though: I only use it if I know I'll be washing my hair that night, since it does still ~stiffen~ the areas of hair I use it on β€” but it's better than hairspray, in my opinion *and* the reviewer's opinion down below. Some reviewers say that they can just brush the gel out and not have to wash their hair, but I have bleached, color-treated hair that's pretty weakened β€” so I'd rather not.

    Promising review: "I cannot put my hair up in a high pony or bun now *without* using this product. It truly tames every flyaway and keeps them tame for hours β€” I come home after a nine-hour day and they’re still in place. I have a fifteen-month-old baby and have had crazy postpartum hair growth, especially along my hairline near my forehead, and this product has been a godsend." β€”HeatherH

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    15. Sonia Kashuk Lip Scrubber has two handy-dandy sides to whip your lips into smooth as heck shape. The thin bristle side helps exfoliate lips to get rid of all those troublesome chapped symptoms, while the round bristles help stimulate blood circulation for a fuller-appearing lip. Muah!


    If your lips are anything like mine (and constantly subjected to drying lipsticks), this is a must!

    Get it from Target for $5.

    16. Follow up with Tonymoly Liptone Lip Care Sticks, which contain shea butter, coconut oil, camellia oil, rosehip oil, manuka honey, and other ingredients intended to keep your lips soft, no matter what the elements hurl your way.


    Promising review: "The color melts into my natural lip color and gives a little sheen, exactly what I was looking for! It also doesn't get gloppy (you know those clumps of lipstick/lipgloss/chapstick when you've had it on too long?) after hours of wear! It also smells really good!" β€”Lauren L.

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in three varieties).

    17. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads tackle breakouts with just a few swipes of its resurfacing abilities, made up of 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel.


    Promising review: "Wow! This is my new holy grail product. I often get little pimples around my chin and nose. I have seriously tried everything. These pads have made the biggest impact on my face! I am already on my second order and will be buying more every month. And they are so cheap! Everyone should try them." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a container of 60 from Amazon for $12.85.

    18. E.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Face Cream plumps up your skin in record time with good-for-you ingredients including hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, squalane, Vitamin B5, and peptides for a packed formula that helps improve elasticity, promote collagen, and maintain a baby-soft texture that even cold weather can't break down.

    E.l.f. Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I am HOOKED! This is the best cream I have ever tried! It's not greasy and absorbs right into my skin, leaving it feeling soft, moisturized, and refreshed. I've had no dry spots like I normally get this time of year" β€”Jeni4b4

    Get it from E.l.f. Cosmetics for $12: available in fragranced and fragrance-free versions, depending on your skin sensitivity.

    19. Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter imparts a gorrrrrgeous gold (or rose gold! or topaz!) highlight with a subtle glitter effect that's densely packed so you don't experience any messy fallout β€” just jaw-dropping cheekbones!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Leaves a gorgeous glow and stays on for a long time. I usually apply on the cheekbones, nose, and some other spots! Love this product!" β€”Riley Hurlbert

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50+ (available in five shades).

    These highlighters also come in two holographic shades, and you can read my review of the purple Prismatic highlighter (#3) for more deets!

    20. Skinfood Rice Daily Brightening Cleansing Foam contains a boatload of naturally fermented rice water and micellar technology to help gently wash away any gunk that's bringing you down *and* keep your skin soft and hydrated after the fact too. You know the saying, brighter skin = brighter future? It's true!


    Promising review: "I definitely noticed a change in my skin after I started using this. It helps me achieve a 'glass skin' look because my skin looks a little brighter immediately after use. I’ve noticed my complexion becoming clearer and more even after a couple of months, and it has also helped with acne scarring. The smell isn’t too strong, and it’s a pleasant scent. All I use is a little squeeze, just enough to fit on the tip of my finger. A little goes a long way because this cleanser really does foam and lather well. After using it, my face doesn’t feel dry or squeaky." β€”Cam L.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.90. This Rice Brightening line also comes with a scrub foam, cleansing water, cleansing tissues, and exfoliating wash-off mask.

    21. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is the perfect solution for lazy people who hate feeling sticky and waiting for moisturizer to dry (hello, me!). You apply this while your skin is *still wet* and wait a few minutes for it to sink it, so by the time you're ready to collapse into bed, your bod is feeling as silky as can be!


    Promising review: "Can’t shower without it! Said goodbye to regular lotion and my skin has never been smoother! Bye bye dry skin!" β€”The Proper Pup

    Get it from Amazon for $6.29+ (available in four varieties).

    22. Natural Formula Dry Shampoos not only excel at absorbing oil and dirt from your scalp and extending the life of your pricey blowout, but they're infused with pure keratin to smooth straightened/keratin-treated hair *or* argan oil to nourish dry/color-treated hair.


    Both are talc-, paraben-, sodium chloride salt–, and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)– free!

    Promising review (for straightened or keratin-treated hair): "I never write reviews but I LOVE this dry shampoo. I try to only wash my hair twice a week and this helps me go 3-4 days no problem. No residue, smells great. I've tried other dry shampoos, but so far this one's my favorite!" β€”Nancy

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99 each: straightened or keratin-treated hair and dry or color-treated hair

    23. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, a super lightweight, fast-absorbing eye serum with a 5% concentration of caffeine, as well as EGCG derived from green tea leaves, to give dark circles and under-eye puffiness a well-deserved ~wake up~ call.

    The Ordinary

    Like most The Ordinary products, this bb is cruelty-free, vegan, and formulated with alcohol, oil, silicones, nuts, or gluten.

    Promising review: "Beats out $75+ eye serums hands down! I have always had dark circles under my eyes, not for lack of sleep but good ol' genetics. I could make them disappear with enough concealer and some eye creams would lessen them but they would never fully go away. Until now. I kid you not, within two days, I wasn't reaching for the concealer. I can't live without this stuff now and completely stopped using any other eye cream, because none of them work nearly as well as this. If you need to, it's also light enough to layer under another eye product. It absorbs almost instantly β€” just try it." β€”Jameson

    Get it from Ulta for $6.70.

    24. Sweet Chef Fresh Pressed Sheet Masks amp up your skincare routine with an extra dose of pore-smoothing, hydration, and brightening, depending on what your skin needs β€” plus, how cute are those little illustrations?? #selfieapproved

    Target, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have sensitive, redness, acne pron skin and acne marks and this mask reduces the appearance of everything. Never irritates my skin. In the morning, I even have a glow." β€”Emily

    Get them from Target for $3.50 each: Beet + Vitamin A, Kale + Vitamin B, and Ginger + Vitamin C

    25. Wet Brush Original Detangler is made with ~IntelliFlex bristles~ that detangle all hair types, wet or dry without β€” I repeat WITHOUT β€” pulling or tugging. With all of that nonexistent force you're using, there's way fewer chances of experiencing breakage and split ends!!

    @thewetbrush / Via

    Promising review: "I have extremely thick and curly hair.... I mean, think thick and add an inch! I have always struggled to find a brush to use when my hair is wet, I’ve wasted money on so many products but this one is THE ONE!! It’s gentle enough to not rip out my hair but also strong enough to actually get the job done. If you have thick or unruly hair, I cannot recommend this enough!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Check out our full breakdown of the Wet Brush to find out it's the best for tangled hair of all ages!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in 23 colors/patterns).

    26. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser and Purifying Foaming Cleanser are no-fuss daily face washes that help your skin retain the moisture it needs, while still removing every bit of makeup and dirt β€” it's very dependable, as you can probably tell.

    @larocheposayusa / Via, @larocheposayusa / Via

    Promising review (for the hydrating gentle kind): "I prefer to double cleanse with an oil or balm cleanser on days I wear makeup or sunscreen, but my skin was getting too annoyed with the foaming cleansers I was using afterward. Now that northern California is burning all around me and winter is coming, my skin needed this cleanser! This is like a mix between a milk and a gel, but it does not foam up. It has a lot of slip and feels cooling on my face. I love the big bottle size and for a slightly pricey brand, this cleanser is fairly priced. I will continue to repurchase this and I bought a bottle for my best friend who has the most sensitive, reactive skin ever, and she loves it too. :)" β€”gwangarang

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99 each: Hydrating Gentle and Purifying Foaming

    27. Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish gives ya' bold color with the strength and long-lasting nature of a gel manicure without the hefty price tag of a salon manicure or the need for LED light curing β€” bye, party-ruining chipping!

    Promising review: "This is the best nail polish I have found in years. I have problems with peeling nails and have rarely found a polish that actually stays on for more than a day or so. This Essie gel couture is shiny, hard, and actually stays on my nails for at least a week even when used over another coating (Nailtiques Formula 2). I have gotten compliments on this polish that it looks like a professional manicure." β€”Blue

    Read our full review of Essie Gel Couture polish for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 10 colors).

    28. NΓΌgg's All Time Glow Kit targets and remedies a variety of temperamental issues your environment or stress levels decide to bring into play, so you can always customize your masking routine to exactly what your face needs.


    This set includes four face masks (which can be used multiple times, since there's a decent amount of product in each pod!) in Detoxifying, Exfoliating, Hydrating, and Revitalizing versions.

    Promising review: "Love this product. Totally worth the $. My skin feels refreshed, reenergized, and super hydrated. If I had one mask to bring on a desert island, this would be it." β€”Annaseyo

    Get the four-pack set from Amazon for $14.99 (also available in "Hello Smooth" and "Pore Cleansing" sets).

    29. One Step Green Hero Calming Pads are soaked with green tea leaf water, centella asiatica extract, and witch hazel leaf extract for a ~gentle~ targeting of pores, excessive oiliness, redness, and dehydration. Think of it as a refreshing toner whenever you need it! Just swipe a few times for better skin!


    Promising review: "This pad is my favorite out of all the Cosrx pads. It definitely helped clearing out my skin. They are not as moisturizing as the moisturizing pads, but it's good enough to keep your skin hydrated during the cold season. The pads are very light, and your skin feels clean after one use!" β€”Cosrx customer

    Get a container of 70 from Amazon for $16.

    30. The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion is formulated with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya and controls excess production of oil and sebum on blemish-prone skin. In other words: pimples, you've met your match.


    Promising review: "This product worked wonders for me. I've been having bad acne problems for more than two years. I've used everything that my dermatologist told me to use but to no avail. I was about to give up, but after reading up on the reviews about this product, I gave it a try. After three months of using it, my face cleared up β€” no more scars and no more cystic-like acne." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    31. A'Pieu Milk Sheet Masks are known to banish the Sunday scaries (yes, I've personally tested this!), brighten complexions, douse your skin in comforting hydration, and keep your skin glowing β€” so kick back and slap one of these bbs on!

    @apieu_us / Via

    Need more convincing? Milk, aloe extract, and hyaluronic acid all work hand-in-hand to get rid of any dry spots that dare hang around on your skin, and milk protein extract gently exfoliates and removes dead/rough skin for ~milky smooth~ skin!

    Promising review: "These masks leave your skin feeling so soft and refreshed! The sheets are very milky in the beginning, but after about 15 minutes, you can feel the milk seep into your skin. Once you take off the mask, you notice a visible glow! Definitely worth the price!" β€”Wendy Tu

    Get a full set of seven masks from Amazon for $11.40.

    32. The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Wash envelops your body in a rich, lathering concoction of organic bladderwrack seaweed, antimicrobial neem oil, algae, and aloe vera, so your bod feels like it's soft as a cloud and clean as a sidewalk after a storm.

    Promising review: "So I bought this on a whim because I like other Seaweed Bath Co. products and this one comes in a fragrance-free option. Now, I am hooked and here's why: it's the silkiest shower gel I ever used, the ingredient list is super great, the lather is amazing, and harvested seaweed grows back quickly. If you love luxury bath items, I sincerely recommend this as a cheap indulgence. My other favorite shower gel costs five times as much, but if I had to give up one of them, it wouldn't be the seaweed. Love this stuff." β€”M. Kaiserin

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four scents/varieties).

    33. And after a fun (perhaps *too* fun) night out, Sonia Kashuk Rose Quartz Roller helps depuff your face in no time at all by improving blood circulation and kicking lymphatic drainage into high gear, and its cooling properties really turn it into a literal wake-up call. Can you think of a better way to start the day? Didn't think so!


    Roll over a sheet mask or pair the roller with a nice facial serum or oil for ~double the skincare benefits~!

    Get it from Target for $15.

    Looking at this list like:

    Transparent Feed / Via

    "I MUST HAVE ALL OF YOU!!!" β€”me yelling at my screen

    Need more for your skin? Check out Korean skincare products you need to know, cheap skincare products that are even better than luxury brands, products to help deal with adult acne, or check out all of our beauty content for even more great stuff for your hair, skin, and more.

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    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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